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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2020 


Seven Democrats debate in South Carolina. And helping kelp forests off the West coast.

2020Talks - February 26, 2020 


Candidates took the stage in Charleston, South Carolina, ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primaries, but also ahead of next week's Super Tuesday. Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg took some hits, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the national frontrunner, was the main target.

Public News Service - TX: Livable Wages/Working Families

AUSTIN, Texas - Availability of employer-based insurance coverage is significantly less in Texas than the national average, according to a study released this week. The report shows a big drop-off in the way most American families traditionally have gotten their health insurance - through their emp

AUSTIN, Texas - As Texas lawmakers struggle to balance the state's books by cutting public education, health and human services and other popular programs, a new study says there is a simpler and far less painful way to turn deficits into surpluses. The study released today suggests flipping the st

AUSTIN, Texas - State lawmakers have received a scolding from the Travis County Commissioners Court. It came in the form of a unanimous resolution opposing legislative efforts to balance the budget primarily by means of cuts to programs and services. Several other counties are considering similar re

AUSTIN, Texas - The state House is expected to consider two 11th-hour bills today - and maybe a third bill Thursday - to regulate the short-term lending industry. Thanks to a regulatory loophole, short-term lenders love doing business in Texas. The industry reportedly earns 61 percent of its profit

AUSTIN, Texas - Although this is National Teacher Appreciation Week, not all Texas teachers are feeling the love. The Texas House is expected to take up a bill today that would give local school districts greater flexibility in hiring, firing and paying teachers, as well as setting class-size limits

AUSTIN, Texas – Sunday (May 1) is May Day; it is also International Labor Day. Workers and their advocates in Texas are marking the occasion with a 'mayday' cry - calling attention to the plight of the state's most vulnerable wage-earners. Brownsville attorney Kathryn Youker provides legal a

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - The state Senate is considering a measure to constrain "payday lending" practices. Texas leads the nation in businesses that offer short-term, unsecured loans, typically to low-income borrowers trying to make ends meet until the next paycheck. Lenders argue that the loans

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are considering measures today that would address a chronic shortfall in funding for state legal aid programs. Less than a quarter of those whose low incomes qualify them for legal aid are now able to access the help they need. Past legislatures have addressed the pro

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